It was a wonderful night for artist Doug Hall as he was honored by the Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma, for his painting of Chief Tecumseh.
His Gleeclee painting, called Red Coat, was hung in a prominent place in the Indigo Sky Hotel after it was unveiled. Several chiefs spoke about Tecumseh and how he is admired by all Indian tribes. They each spoke of how glad they were that Doug honored their most important chief.
Following the unveiling, a large crowd moved to a banquet hall where a magnificent spread awaited. The crowd feasted on shrimp, salmon, chicken, ham, roast beef, brisket, a variety of cheeses, and much fruit and desserts.
Then, Chief Glenna Wallace invited people to the lectern to tell personal stories about Doug. The speakers had not been asked ahead of time; Chief Wallace simply called on them from the floor. Among the speakers were Doug mother's Rebecca Hall; his brother, Alan; Pineville banker Mark Armstrong; personal friend and fellow logger, Sid Poore; the president of the Neosho Arts Council, John Mills; his high school teacher and friend, Russell Hively and several others.
Each speaker told a story or two about Doug. The stories included unloading logs for Doug's log cabin, how he choose to become a full time artist after a tornado blew away his store south of Neosho, times spent together at art competitions, and visits to Doug's cabin in the Huckleberry Forest of McDonald County.
After his own "roasting," Doug spoke about his painting and how he came to paint Tecumseh wearing a red coat. He talked of his own work and his love of Woodland Indians.
As the evening came to an end, the Eastern Shawnee honored Doug by giving him a specially made Pendelton blanket. Giving a blanket is the ultimate tribute that is bestowed on an individual.
The night ended with a standing ovation to the artist.